NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Hurricane Sandy is hammering the East Coast, with major cities from Washington to Boston under the gun.
Evacuations have reduced bustling metropolitan areas to near ghost towns and travel disruptions are rippling far beyond the storm zone.
In Washington, D.C. the federal government shut down as the super-storm was blowing ashore.
The Supreme Court squeezed in a few last arguments, but the Smithsonian museums decided to take a rare day off.
You could almost hear a pin drop at Washington's Reagan National Airport, one of many East Coast airports turned no-fly zones.
The ripple effect reached from Chicago to Portland, Oregon and Paris, France.
Cars weren't much of an option either.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley urged residents of his state to stay off the roads.
The threat of flooding derailed train schedules throughout the Northeast as well.
In New York the Statue of Liberty was closed to tourists, and on Wall Street the bulls and bears took off monday and tuesday.
Schools were also closed throughout the city.
While the East Coast hunkers down, power crews are gearing up for the inevitable - a cleanup from a storm whose impact will be felt long after she's gone.
The storm has moved faster than expected, which is a hopeful sign, but the east coast is bracing for billions of dollars in damage and days of cleanup.